The demand for an eighth printing demonstrates that A Century of South African Short Stories has endeared itself not only to academics and scholars, but the public as well. Since its first publication in 1978 this short story anthology has become the best-selling book of its genre in South Africa and after nine years it has not lost its vitality. Many of the writers included have become internationally famous. This collection includes work by Peter Abrahams, Herman Charles Bosman, Jack Cope, Nadine Gordimer, Bessie Head, Doris Lessing, Alan Paton, Olive Schreiner, Pauline Smith  and Can Themba. Also included is an excellent introduction by the late Jean Marquard who puts the literary form of short story wirting in South Africa into perspective.

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Introduced and Edited by Jean Marquard. Published by AD. Donker of Johannesburg in 1987. Soft cover bound this Eighth Edition copy is in Very Good condition, covered in plastic, with an illustrated cover. The size of the book is 221x152x25mm, with 364 pages including bibliographies. ISBN 9780949937568. Both front corners somewhat bent; all pages uniformly tanned, except for the prelims; pencil underlining for the first 32 pages.